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Mar.31.2014
It's rare that you have time to reflect on your life. Self-reflection is a considered a luxury these days instead of a necessity. You rush from pillar to post and the minutes tick by until the end of the day when you literally fall into bed, into a stupor of dreams or no sleep at all because...
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Feb.10.2014
Morning television is a science unto itself. The segments are prepared the day before the show, the time slot is set but not necessarily adhered to, crew is everywhere and makeup and hair stations are abuzz with lively conversation. This is a world of controlled chaos. Enter the segment guest...
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Feb.05.2014
It's lovely to be in love, but sometimes it can be stranger than fiction. Love can often be painful and stifling. When you are in love, life often stands still and it feels like there is no movement or growth. On the other hand, being in love can be inspirational and uplifting as the heart...
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Dec.13.2013
I love the holidays and I dread the holidays. I often over-eat and over-drink, but I have gobs of fun doing it. Quick as a flash, being mindful in mind/body/spirit takes a backseat to indulgence. Several years ago, after skipping my yoga classes and daily walks in favor of shopping for gifts...
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Nov.15.2013
Birthdays come around once a year whether you like them or not. Some people simply don't acknowledge their birthday, others purposely forget them, and still others reflect on the special gifts the year has produced--people, places, and things that have enriched and enlightened life. I'm one of...
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Oct.29.2013
Excerpt from Joan Moran's blog in the Huffington Post, "Pause, Reflect and Give Thanks: The Power of Gratitude During the Holidays":   The holiday season is always an appropriate time to take a few minutes, pause, and reflect on the gifts you’ve been given, the people you love and cherish, and...
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Oct.22.2013
A healthy balance in all facets of life--physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually--is the key to maintaining optimal wellness. No matter how hard you work, your priority should be finding a healthy balance between your work and your personal life. Although this is a real...
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Oct.06.2013
In the late-1970’s, I was teaching in the theater department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I hit the glass ceiling. I went to the president of the university and told him what I thought was sexismin my department. He bluntly said: “Joan, I can’t help what happens in that department. They...
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Sep.23.2013
Can you really stretch your mind so that you can achieve more out of life? Yes, absolutely, Yes! Mind stretching is the next revolution in personal development. I call the concept the Rubberband Revolution. It is the process of teaching the brain a new way of thinking by connecting the right/...
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Dec.09.2011
It's the holiday season. We are probably thinking about buying gifts for family and friends right now. But have you thought about giving yourself a gift? How many times do you give yourself a really important gift in your life? I don't mean a cashmere sweater gift. I don't mean a facial or massage...
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Sep.22.2011
Fall is my favorite season. It fills me with hope and brings me joy. And, as a yogi, it reminds of the importance of giving gratitude for the gifts in my life. The derivation of the fall season, also known as the September equinox, comes from centuries ago when the planting and harvesting of...
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Aug.18.2011
     I left Las Vegas eighteen years to the day I arrived.  I left with two young boys.  I left Nevada's first professional theater, which I co-founded and funded and loved and nurtured for five years.  I left my women friends whom I loved and cherished.  I left...
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Jun.24.2011
I am now in the decade of my 60s, and I am still the only one who can make a difference in myself and in my life. I am fully prepared to look inward for guidance. It has been my preference and my joy to stay connected to my mind and body through the practice of yoga. Yoga is not only a...
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Jun.07.2011
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I want to share something with you. Something very important. It's concerns our brains. The brain is a very complex organ, composed of approximately 100 billion neurons and each one of those neurons communicates with up to 10.000 other neurons. It's a loaded minefield in our heads. We have been,...
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Jun.07.2011
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Writing is a solitary ritual. We think of rituals as something stemming from religion But the truth is that anything can be a ritual: dancing, playing music, working out, meditation, yoga, praying, taking holy communion, paying bills, cooking, getting ready for bed at night. Even funerals are...
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